Rod Wood

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40 acre reserve near Cheddleton which consists of some of the finest flower rich meadows in Staffordshire.

The site is a mosaic of scrub, unimproved grassland and woodland. This diversity of habitats is one of the reasons why Rod Wood is so important for wildlife.

The meadows support a wide range of flowering plants including many which are uncommon in Staffordshire. One of the most characteristic species found in unimproved hay meadows is the aptly named hay-rattle which grows in abundance at Rod Wood.

From the top of the reserve you can enjoy the views across to Leek, north Staffordshire and the Peak District.

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Staffordshire, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
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From the A523 Leek-Ashbourne Road follow signs for RSPB Coombes Valley about 2.5 miles from Leek. Take this minor road, passing the RSPB reserve, for 1.5 miles to the top of the hill Rod Wood is signposted on the right.

Once over the cattle-grid keep to the track on the left-hand side until you come to a small parking area (approx. 75m on your right).


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